Tuesday, May 10, 2016


A split double cassette directed by multi-instrumentalist and bicycle-enthusiast Rob Frye. While the Flux Bikes tape explores the melodic and hypnotic realms of poly-rhythms extracted from bicycle wheel, flute and electronics, the Sueñolas tape paints old-world pastoral impressions with help from guitarist Bill MacKay and violist Whitney Johnson.  Edition of 100 double cassettes with risograph printed jcards, some alt colors available!

FLUX BIKES // SUEÑOLAS streaming on bandcamp

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


poster by Ben Chlapek

from the Hideout:

Rob Frye is known as an multi-instrumentalist for Chicago groups such as CAVE and Bitchin’ Bajas. He has been a constant presence in Chicago’s underground scene, specifically with improvisational ensembles. The collective El is the Sound of Joy was a constant figure in the noise underground, and eventually gained some notoriety in jazz circles. A constant collaborator, Rob is able to give a unique voice in a variety of different kinds of ensembles, playing with poly-rhythms and sounds in his bicycle-based project Flux Bikes, experimenting with improvisational devices in Exoplanet, or exploring textures in Bitchin’ Bajas, Frye stands out, and we’re honored to have him this month. He’s joined by a cast of talented friends including Dan Bitney (Tortoise), Ben Lamar Gay (AACM), and many more. See a full list of the events so you don’t miss a night.
2/2 Flux Bikes* with Dan Bitney and visuals by Kyle Drouin -- Waddupp Sonn DJ party
2/9 Sueñolas* -- Exoplanet -- visuals by Katharina Ritter and USA Studio DJs
2/16 El is a Sound of Joy -- visuals by Ben Kolak -- DJ Funky Bitch
2/23 Bitchin' Bajas -- Jah Jah Cale -- visuals by brownshoesonly -- DJ Winston Lasker

photo by Nathan Gregory

from the Chicago Reader:

Rob Frye has gained notoriety over the last couple of years for the malleable approach to musical hypnosis and melodic beauty he’s brought to bothBitchin Bajas and Cave, but the weekly February residency at the Hideout that begins tonight will show there’s more to his aesthetic. Perhaps nothing demonstrates his ideals better than his project Flux Bikes, which he refers to as a “social practice.” Until recently I knew that this venture generated certain sounds by using contact mikes to amplify different bicycles parts as percussion, but I never knew how integral the bike was. Frye designs each performance as a kind of sustainable ritual by first riding to the show and then turning the bike into an instrument. The practice has extended well beyond Chicago, as he’s toured on wheels throughout Spain and between Austin and New Orleans—during which he was outfitted with a solar-powered sound system. This makes for a lovely backstory, but the music Frye creates in this manner measures up to the method. As heard on his 2014 cassette Prototype (Catholic Tapes), directed by a keen sense of dynamics, he builds mesmerizing percussive grooves that convey a strangely enveloping warmth akin to West African music, with passages of flute, saxophone, bass clarinet, and guitar beautifully floating over the loops. For this performance Frye will be joined by percussionist Dan Bitney of Tortoise fame, and Kyle Drouin will deliver abstract video accompaniment. 
— Peter Margasak

Wednesday, December 2, 2015



 17 -- Zaragoza a Centre Social Communitario Luis Buñuel

Flux Bikes! Visuales X cso luis buñuel!!!

Posted by Morgan Peckosh on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

20 -- Barcelona a Fabra i Coats

21 -- Tarragona a La Cantonada

21 -- Xilches a Espacio Cultural Escénico

22 -- Valencia a Casa Dels Bous

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Very excited to be playing with friends ZA! in Barcelona for their record release!

Stay tuned for details about the 2015 Flux Bikes tour in Spain

Friday, October 2, 2015


Fun Solo Set at the Hideout Riverwalk 10.2.15

and a duo set with Ben Lamar Gay at the Hideout 10.7.15 with Love Raid, Relevant Hairsyles, Melina Ausikaitis, and An Autumn Guitar Sextet

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Flux Bikes was honored to be asked to contribute music to this illuminating film.


(Paris, May, 21, 2015) - A new short documentary narrated by the French actress Juliette Binoche shines a light on the upcoming trial of Hisséne Habré, the former dictator of Chad, Human Rights Watch said today. "Talking about Rose" ("Parler de Rose") tells the story of the life and death of Rose Lokissim, a prisoner killed in 1986 by the DDS, Habré's political police.

Habré, accused of thousands of political killings and systematic torture from 1982 to 1990, will stand trial in Senegal on July 20, 2015, before the Extraordinary African Chambers created by Senegal and the African Union.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015



ARE YOU planning a fundraiser, wedding, parade, bar/bat mitzvah, birthday, Earth Day, anniversary, reception, gala, dinner, luncheon, benefit, bike ride, art opening, happening, appreciation party, barbecue, meeting? 


Rob will ride his bike and trailer to your event and provide a custom DJ set with minimal impact on the environment. Thats right, his stereo system is powered by a solar-charged battery that can last for more than 12 hours! (I have multiple if it is going to be a New Orleans Carnival-style party). Charged up beforehand, this lightweight, 2x100 watt amp and 15" speaker setup can truly bump RAIN or SHINE!


Flux Bikes Solar DJ is not confined to the power grid. From the middle of a forest preserve to a sailboat on Lake Michigan, take your party anywhere! 

Rates are based on a sliding scale - email fluxbikes@gmail.com for more info

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


FLUX BIKES w/ REX (drums) and KYLE DROUIN (video)

Live at the Hideout Inn Chicago, IL 2.11.15

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


BRAIN FRAME FOREVER: In and Around our Grand Finale from Lyra Hill on Vimeo.

Brain Frame, Chicago's legendary underground comix-weirdo-performance happening, celebrated the end with a Grand Finale on its 3rd anniversary, August 9th, 2014. Seven performative comics readings by a bevy of local talents unfolded on the historic stage at Thalia Hall, surrounded by interactive installations in opera boxes; musical performances from Tyson Torstensen, Flux Bikes, and DJ Pluto; cheers and human pyramids by the Spirit Team (interns Emma Rand, Brad Rohloff, and Lillie West); and the release of the Brain Frame Yearbook.
This video captures the entire event and the buoyant spirit of the extended Brain Frame family. Thank you to all our supporters over the years, everyone who worked an event, collaborated on a poster, or just showed up to party. Never forget! Brain Frame Forever!
Video by Burton Bilharz [burtonbilharz.com] with additional performance footage thanks to Cooper Collier, Cody Wallace, and Jack Wensel.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014


Flux Bikes was honored to be a part of the 'Kid Crafternoon' series at the Farrar General Store in Farrar, MO on October 25th 2015.

We explored spooky 'hidden' sounds inside objects from around the store, just in time for Halloween!  There was also pumpkin carving and hot dogs and apple cider for everyone.

Friday, September 5, 2014


Jayve Montgomery (Abstract Black) caught Flux Bikes warming up for the CPD Solar Powered Sounds workshop at Chatham Park last September 2013. This track DUB WARS was used on FLUX BIKES latest release 'PROTOTYPE' from Catholic Tapes.

Flux Bikes was proud to present a 'solar powered sound' workshop for youth in the Chicago Park District in September 2013.  Rob rode the rig to a dozen city parks in order to make sustainable beats, give a workshop on the science of sound, and discuss renewable energy with middle school students.  This program was partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency and co-presented by Inferno Mobile Recording Studio, a park district program.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Announcing a cassette release - PROTOTYPE - on Catholic tapes August, 2014

Prototype was recorded at Ruben's Palace in Chicago, IL.  All songs performed by Rob Frye, mastered by Cooper Crain, and dubbed by Jake Acosta.  Thanks to Adam Wille, Martin Frye, and Jim Lechocki.

Get one at the release show The Empty Bottle 8/19/14 with Crown Larks, ADT, and Cool Memories.

Friday, August 8, 2014



Traysh Island Burning Mang II was held at 8550 OHIO. Artists in residency, musians, and festival goers converged on a farm in Southeastern Ohio for the weekend of August 1st and 2nd.  I got a ride there with my bike and music gear.

-photo from Reid Kerris-

Flux Bikes played in the forest with the solar powered rig.  You can listen here.

Then it was off through the hills of Ohio on a 450 mile ride back to Chicago.

The goal was to link up as many rail-to-trails as possible.  My route went from Chesterhill to Athens, OH.  Following US 50 and taking side roads when possible led me to Chillicothe, OH where I jumped on the Tri-County Triangle.  This 30 mile trail stretches to Washington Court House, OH where I followed Old US 35 to connect to the Miami Valley Bikeways, a network of over 250 miles of old railbeds converted into paved trails.

An old train station in Xenia, OH serves as a hub for this awesome regional network.

I road the Xenia-Jameston Connector, the Creekside Trail, and the Wolf Creek trail outside of Dayton, OH.  Then I pedaled on US 40 into Richmond, IN.

The Cardinal Greenway starts in Richmond and goes about 60 miles to Marion, IN.  Near the beginning of the trail in Richmond, you can visit the old Gennet Records and Starr Piano factories along the Whitewater River.

From Marion, I zig-zagged my way across the rest of Indiana, linking up the Nickel Plate Trail and the North Judson Trail, and spending time on numerous small county roads.  There were many birds and insects, and the prairie flowers were in bloom.

Friday, June 27, 2014

SLAM Underground

FluxBikes was honored to perform at the St. Louis Art Museum as part of 'SLAM Underground.'

On June 27th 2014, the Underground party featured tours of the collection by sculptor Noah Kirby, art-making activities, and music by Flux Bikes, KDHX DJ Darren Snow and So Many Dynamos.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Martin Frye Bicycle Surfing on the '1'
September 2011

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Chicago Spring '14

Flux Bikes feat. Ben Billington and Jim Becker 
at Cafe Mustache 4.02.14.
with Lonesome Leash and RXM Reality

with Radon Candy and the Meme at The Burlington 3.16.14

Sunday, March 2, 2014

True/False 2014

   Flux Bikes was honored to be invited back to True/False for a second year.  This largely documentary film festival takes place in Columbia, Missouri every year, and features musicians and bands before film screenings.

- photo from www.last-link.com - 

Above, Flux Bikes and Vulvette improvise a set at the Oddfellow's Lounge before the film 'Dusty Stacks of Mom' by Jodie Mack.

and also one afternoon at Sparky's Ice Cream shop with Prahlad.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Taller de Bicicletas Racores

Santiago de Chile 02.05.14

Flux Bikes performed at Taller de Bicicletas Racores.

The shop is located in Ñuñoa near Estadio Nacional de Chile.

Special thanks to Ervo Perez

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

'Solar Powered Sounds' Teaser

Video Teaser for Solar Powered Sounds Program

Flux Bikes' mobile power station at Homan Square Park 9/19/13

The music table at McGuane Park 10/1/13

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Solar Powered Sounds in Chicago Parks

Flux Bikes is proud to present a 'solar powered sound' workshop for youth in the Chicago Park District this fall, 2013.  Rob will ride the rig to a dozen city parks in order to make sustainable beats with the community. We will experiment with contact microphones and talk about renewable energy and healthy living.  This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency and co-presented by Inferno Mobile Recording Studio, a park district program.

Thursday, August 1, 2013


'Serenade' is an exhibition that taps into the history of chimes as tools for healing, meditation and communication. In this sound-based exhibition artists and musicians have been invited to re-think and re-structure these ancient instruments to extend their tonal and symbolic range, pushing beyond traditional scales, forms and materials. Serenade is intended both to seduce and to console anyone within earshot of Terrain Exhibitions. 

Tempestt Hazel is a curator, writer and co-founder of Sixty Inches From Center, an organization that archives, promotes and collaborates with artists and arts projects across Chicago. In addition to the upcoming exhibition at Terrain Exhibitions, her upcoming projects can be seen at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park, The Salon Series Projects and the South Side Community Art Center.

Featuring: Jeff Austin, Rob Frye, Ramah Jihan Malebranche, Michael and Yhelena Hall and Stephen Lieto

Monday, July 29, 2013

Chicago summer '13

with Circuit des Yeax and Open Sex at The Burlington

with King Mary and Emme Moon at Cafe Mustache 6.17.13

with CAVE and Psychic Steel at EL Mamey 4.13.13